REVOLUTIONARY TALES – BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – HOSTEL INTERNATIONAL BOSTON

15741138_10209581065256860_7178278709027647454_n15727382_10209581065136857_3668787696533672403_n12119988_10206273333125624_449651143605530036_o15698083_10209581062496791_9171902710831967330_n15726879_10209566076882160_5612079994920289691_n12279047_10206421694834574_8873849533717087032_n15727134_10209581077737172_9050535905828733217_n15697659_10209581072217034_1162954352304140085_n12052363_10206267685224430_2196504495219363579_o15697259_10209581080457240_7972839033145568731_n15740831_10209581055976628_5881142736025342517_n1396906_10201430120448334_337747470_oIt’s  located  in the  heart  of  Boston ,  halfway  between Chinatown  and the  Theater District  of  the  city .

It’s  part  of  the  Hostelling   International  group ,  which  has hostels  all over  the  world .

This  hostel is  very  easy  to  get  to  by public  transportation .

If you’re  coming  from  Boston  Logan  Airport ,  you can take the  free Silver Line train to South  Station  and  walk a few blocks  down  to  the hostel  at 19 Stuart Street .

If you’re  arriving  by an Amtrak  train, Greyhound  or Megabus, you’ll  arrive  at South  Station  as well.

You have  two other options  besides walking  when you get to  South  Station .

You can either take the Silver Line bus, which isn’t  free, and drops you off across  the  street  from  the  hostel ,  or if  it’s  late at night ,  and you really  don’t  know  your way around  the  city, take one of  the  many cabs that wait  outside  the  terminal .

Have the  address  of the  hostel  handy just  in case  the  cab driver  claims  he doesn’t  know  how  to  get  there  and tries  to  overcharge  you .

I’m  very biased ,  but I  like  to think that  this  is  one of  the  nicest  hostels  in  the  country ,  and given  all  the  reviews  that this  hostel  receives  from many of  the  hostel  AND hotel booking  sites ,  I’m  not  the  only  one  who  feels  this  way .

The building  that  the  hostel  is located  in  was  once  an office  building .

It has  six floors  and  like  most  of  the  hostels  in  the  world ,  Hostel  International  Boston  has private  rooms ,  and dormitory  rooms  with four, six, and  eight  bunk beds .

You  have  male ,  female ,  and  coed rooms .

Each  room  has lockers, so remember  to  bring  your own  padlock .

If you don’t  have  one, you can buy one at the  front  desk .

Each bed also has a private lamp so you won’t  disturb your bunkmates.

There’s  no  curfew per say, but if you come  back late from partying  in the clubs on Lansdowne  Street  or those hockey ,  baseball ,  or basketball  games   at TD Gardens  or Fenway  Park ,  just remember  to  keep  the  noise  down  to  a  minimum .

When  you  first  check  into  the  hostel ,  you’ll  be  asked  if you  have  a Hosteling International  membership  card ,  and they also  want to  make  sure  that  you  don’t  live  less than  90  miles  away .

If do  live less than the 90 miles ,  you can’t  stay  at the hostel .

If you  don’t  have  a membership  card ,  they add three dollars  per night  to your bill.

That might  not  seem  like  much ,  but I  would  advise  getting  one.

The card doesn’t  only  work  for  this  hostel ,  but for  Hostel  International  branches  all over the  world .

Membership  is good  for  one year .

Check  in time  is  2pm or earlier ,  if beds are available .

If not, you can store your bags at the  hostel  and  explore  the  city  until  a bed is ready.

Check  out  time  is  11am .

There’s  a small  cafe  area  right  next  to  the  big  and spacious  lobby  area .

They  also  have  a  jar  of  cookies  right  at the  front  desk .

There’s  also free WiFi  in the hostel ,  they’ll  give  you  the  password  at the  front  desk  .

The elevator  is right  in front  of  you  as you  use your  key card  for  entrance  from the  lobby  into  the  hallway .

If your room  is  on the  second  floor ,  you can get your exercise  and walk up the  stairs ,  unless  your bags  are heavy.

All the  hallways  from  the  third  floor  all the  way  up to  the  six floor  might  look familiar  to some  of  you  if you’ve  been  to Boston  before .

The hallways  are  painted  in blue ,  orange ,  red, and  green .

That’s  right ,  those  are  the  colors  of  the  four  “T”  lines that  make  up  the Boston  subway .

If you  want  to   go sightseeing   in the  city  and aren’t  sure which  stops  are on what  train  line, you don’t  need  a  guide .

Just  look  at  the  shower curtains  in all of   the  bathrooms .

It’s  the map of all the  subway  stations  in the  city, including  the  commuter lines that run from South Station  and  North  Station ,  called  the Purple  line.

But please don’t  depend on the shower  curtain .

Get yourself  a  Boston  city  guide from  the  front  desk  if you didn’t  bring  one  with  you .

Like many hostels ,  they also have  free breakfast .

It runs from  7am until  10am, every day.

Coffee, tea, and water are free all day but for the daily  breakfast ,  there’s  white or wheat bread, bagels, fruit, hard boiled eggs ,  cereal, yogurt ,  as well as orange juice  and  apple juice .

The kitchen ,  which is  on the second  floor ,  has cooking  facilities ,  dishes, pots and  pans ,  cooking  utensils ,  condiments  and a place  to  store  your  food .

Just  remember to  label  your food  if you put it in the refrigerator  or pantry.

They provide  labels  for you.

If you don’t  label  your food ,  someone  might  take  it or worse, the staff will throw  it  away .

The second floor  also has a laundry room ,  reading  room ,  game room, and my favorites ,  the candy vending  machines  and  the  TV  room .

There’s  also computers so that you  can print  out  your boarding  pass  or  make  another  reservation  for  one of  the  other  Hostelling  International  locations .

The hostel  is   in  such a central  location ,  so you  can  walk  to  Chinatown  for  either  Chinese ,  Vietnamese , Malaysian ,  Japanese  or Thai  food .

There’s  even  fast  food  restaurants  close  enough  as bars and  pubs stay open fairly  late due  to  the  fact  that  this  is  the  Theater  District .

If you  don’t  want  to  have  take  out  food, Walgreens ,  CVS  and good  old  7-Eleven  are a block  or so  away  from  the  hostel for those groceries  that you might need.

Unlike  the Old  City  Hostel  in Philadelphia  that I  mentioned  in  an earlier  post , (  See  sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com /  2017 / 05/ 05 Liberty  -Tales – Philadelphia  –  Pennsylvania  –  The  -House  -At-325-Cherry-Street), this hostel  is a  “dry” hostel .

Don’t  look  for  any alcohol ,  because  it’s  not  allowed  on the  premises  anywhere .

The rooms  have  bathrooms  right  outside  the room ,  so remember  to  bring  your  key  card  with you  .

The  most  nights  that  one  can  stay  in the  hostel  is 14 days  in a calendar  year.

Other hostels  have this  rule  as well .

The  hotels  in town  are fairly  expensive ,  but  this  hostel  is a very  affordable  option  for  you .

I  would  advise  though  booking  directly  on the  hostel’s own website  rather  than  on websites  such as Hostel  World or Booking . com.

One  more thing  about  the  kitchen .

There’s  communal  tables which  makes  it  easy  to  strike  up a  conversation  with  your fellow  travelers  .

If you  don’t  make new friends  or strike  up a conversation  with  at least  ONE  person  during  your time here, given  all the  activities  provided by  the  hostel ,  sorry, that’s  on you, boo.

Some of  those  travelers  might be  going  to  that  same  Red Sox  baseball  game  or Celtics  basketball  game  that  you’re  going  to .

I could  stay  anywhere  in the city  as I have  friends  and  family  here.

But is is my go to  place  when I’m  in town.

Make  the  Hostel  International  Boston  your place if you  come  here for a 30  Plus  Teams  Tour  or not.

PLEASE ACT LIKE YOU’VE BEEN THERE BEFORE PART TWO

In an earlier  post ,  (sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com  /2017/03/09 Please  -act  –  like  –  you’ve  –  been  –  there  –  before  ) ,  some  of  you  had to  be  read the  riot  act on how  to  conduct  yourselves  not only  when you visit  museums ,  monuments ,  and  memorials  all over the  world ,  but especially  when  you’re  attending  a  sporting  event .

Baseball  season  is coming  down  to  the  wire, and football  season  is coming  up  very soon ,  but a lot of  you didn’t  get or read the  memo on fan conduct .

A lot  of  fans  seem to  need  a  refresher  course  on how to  act when going  to  game .

Even though  I’m  talking  mainly  about  fans of the  four  major  American  sports ,  this also  applies  to  those  of  you who are  fans of rugby, European  futbol, cricket, etc.

Everyone  needs  a  refresher  course  on  Fan conduct .

At a recent  Milwaukee  Brewers  and Chicago  Cubs  baseball  game  in Milwaukee ,  two  fans  really  got into  it  with a lot of  pushing ,  screaming   and  shoving .

It wouldn’t  have  been  that  bad  except  one of  the  fans  just  happened  to  be  Governor  Chris  Christie  of  New Jersey ,  whose  son works  for  the  Brewers  organization .

No doubt  both  the  governor  and  the  Cubs  fan that he was having  a  ”  beef” with ever received  the  handbook  of  Sports  Fandom .

I know  that  the  governor  is very busy  running  the  state  of  New Jersey ,  but  even  politicians  need to  take the course  of   act like you’ve  been  there  before  101 .

I’m  not  going  to  question  the  governor’s  passion  for sports because  I  know  that  he’s  a  GINORMOUS  Dallas  Cowboys  football  fan  and he doesn’t  care  if  people  in his  state don’t  like  that .

I also  know  for  a  fact  that  the  governor  has gone  on  many  a 30 Plus  Teams  Tour  to watch  his  beloved  Cowboys  play and I  ain’t  mad  at  him for representing  his team no matter  where he is .

It’s  okay  to  cheer  for  your  team  at home  and especially  on the  road  because  that’s  what  being  a  fan  is all .

I  just  have  to  ask one question  though .

Why do  other  ”  fans  ”  have  to  ruin  other  fans  sports  and  travel  experience  by acting  like  a  fool  at a game?

Please don’t  make  comments  like, “Why are you  wearing  THAT  jersey  in here?!” ,  if someone  is  rooting  for  the  other  team .

Those fans  weren’t  being  obnoxious  and  rude rooting  for  their  team, were they?

The same  can’t  be  said  for  you and your buddies  though .

There’s  no  reason  to  get up in someone’s  face or within  earshot  of that fan and scream out,

“GET  OUT OF  HERE!”

” GO BACK TO  WERE YOU  CAME FROM ! ”

That could either be New York ,  Boston ,  Chicago ,  you name the city, some  “fans” want us to go back there.

Are you SERIOUS ? !

‘Why are  you  here ? ‘

‘Go back  to  where you  came  from ? !’

Did you  forget  that  you  aren’t  the  only  one  cheering  for  your  team?

Other people  are cheering  for their  team ,  too and guess what, Mr. Rude fan.

They’re  cheering  for  THEIR  team  in YOUR building ,  so get used to  it  and stop  with  the  dirty  looks  and  snide  comments .

Be a fan, but the  fan experience  should  extend  to  those  fans  who  traveled  a long  way  in some  cases,   to see their  team  play .

In many  cases ,  those  fans  brought  their  children  along  with  them.

Do you  think  that they want to  hear you or your friends  yelling  at  them or someone  else,

“GET THE BLANK OUT OF HERE ROOTING FOR THAT PIECE OF  BLANK TEAM!”

“YOUR  TEAM IS A BUNCH OF  OVER  PAID SISSIES  AND SO ARE THEIR  FANS!”

Then there’s  my own personal  favorite ,  one that I’ve  heard  on MANY occasions  and it still  makes  me  laugh  every time  a “fan”  says  it.

”  YOUR  BLANKETY BLANK  TEAM  AIN’T BLANK !  THIS  IS  OUR HOUSE ! ”

Now as much as  you  want to  get  up  and  get  physical  at a game  and run the  risk  of  getting  thrown  out  and  arrested  for  disturbing  the  peace ,  please  don’t  do  it .

It’s  obvious  that  Mr. and Mrs .  Los Angeles  Dodgers  Super  Fans definitely  don’t  know  what  acting  like  you’ve  been  there  before  is all about .

News  flash  for  all of  you “super fans”.

Dodger  Stadium  isn’t  “YOUR  HOUSE  “.

Neither is Gillette  Stadium ,  Madison  Square  Garden ,  Yankee  Stadium  or any  other  stadium  or arena  where a sporting  event  is taking  place .

That’s  right ,  I’ll  say  it again  because  some  of  you  didn’t  grab  that  concept .

You and those other fans  who paid  all that  money  to watch your favorite  and not  so favorite  teams and players play,  are just  guests ,  waiting  to  be  entertained .

The other  guests  are those  fans  who  you told  in no uncertain  terms  to ‘   go back  to  where  you  came  from . ‘

So let’s  stop  it with  the  trash  talking  just  because  other  fans are doing  the  same  thing  that  you’re  doing ,  just for  the  other  team .

Fans of the opposing team, you aren’t  special .

I’ve  got  a  bone  to pick  with  you  too.

This  acting  like  you’ve  been  there  before  extends  to  you all as well .

You say that you’ve  sat patiently  at the game and you’ve  gotten really  tired of the home team’s  fans all around  you making  comments  all night  long  about  your  team.

As much as  you  want  to  yell out ”  BOOYA  BITCHES ,  HOW YOU  LIKE  THAT  BLANK ! ” ,to all the haters when your team has a rally  going, please  don’t  do  it .

That’s  not  just unwise, that’s  really  DUMB, especially  if  you  came to  the  game  by  yourself .

If you say something  dumb  and  stupid ,  you just know  one of  the  people  sitting  next to  you  or around you ,will say  or do   something  even more DUMBER and STUPIDER than what you  just did or said.

The next thing  you  know ,  security  might  even  have  to  be  called  in.

It could  get ugly  really  fast when it doesn’t  have  to .

Fans  of  both teams ,  please  stop  the  madness .

Remember  that  you’re  on a  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  and seeing  a sporting  event  isn’t  the  only  reason  you’re  in town .

There’s  a  lot  more  things  to  do  and  see  while  you’re  in  town .

Please  act  like  you’ve  been  there  before ,  especially  if  you  happen  to  be  watching  your  team  play  in a  different  city.216719_2097466029629_2756860_n55359_4166247507873_1023227286_o11045501_10206418561516243_8356399200540478868_n16179274_10209872943153625_7404608946105937305_o

REVOLUTIONARY TALES – BOSTON ,MASSACHUSETTS. THE CITY I LOVE IN PICTURES .

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Boston ,  Massachusetts  will always  be  my home and my getaway  from  all the  craziness  that  is New York  City .

I love the monuments ,  memorials ,  the cobblestone  streets ,  and riding  the Swan  Boat’s  and yes, even going  to  Fenway  Park ,  because  this  is  a  30  Plus  Teams  Tour .

I can’t  say enough  about  my home , so  I’ll  just  let my pictures  do the  talking  for me.

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30 PLUS TEAMS 30 PLUS DREAMS TRAVEL QUOTES

This is  going  to  be  a  new feature  to 30 Plus  Teams ,  30  Plus  Dreams   called  travel  quotes .

A few days  ago ,  I  had a post with travel  quotes because  after the  events  of  Charlottesville ,  Virginia ,  I felt  we needed  to  see them.

(See sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com  /  2017/08/14/-Travel  -quotes  -from  -30  -plus  -Teams  -tour  -because  -we – need  -them-right-about-now  )d54dacadc5ab0a006afc9270a192833866725a526c2b478eb595e6db04d7012b42d8fafe41bccdf74d87e16b77d941483efee546945ac6d3019dc410e5c3a013d6f8127a4ea0cbf6b58ea9b657bd1e09178527ff04fe685b83f8d07c4916b59ff482342c60629ce7e0c8fd6b757a8af2dcaebb7d492f46265a7ad254555c4be7

Now, today ,  there’s  another  incident  in Barcelona ,  Spain, a place  where  I  know  a lot  of  bloggers  go to  and love .

I  don’t  understand  why  this  is  happening  but I  pray for the  people  of  Barcelona ,  Spain .

In the  meantime ,  enjoy  the  travel  quotes .

I  hope  the quotes  make   all of  us think  what travel  should  be  for.

MY 30 PLUS TEAMS TOUR BUCKET LIST – ALL 150 OF THEM!

AttachmentAttachmentAttachmentAttachmentAttachmentAttachmentYou  might  think  that  a bucket  list  for  a blog  called  30 Plus  Teams ,  30  Plus  Dreams  would  mean  just visiting  or doing  things  in cities  in  Canada  and  the  United  States  that  have  teams  in  all four  of  the  major  professional  sports .

You might  be  partially  right .

There  are  cities  in both  countries  that  I  would  like  to  see  and they  DON’T  have  any of the  four  major  sports  teams  in their  cities .

They are, however ,  close enough  though  that  if you wanted to make  a  side  trip  while  on your  own  30 Plus  Teams  Tour ,  you could .

You might  be  surprised  at some  of  my  choices ,  but then again ,  you might  not .

Here’s my bucket  list in no particular  order .

  1. Halifax ,  Nova Scotia
  2. Drinking   Ice Wines  in Canada
  3. Banff, Alberta   because  the name  sounds  so wicked  cool .
  4. Grand Canyon
  5. Lake Louise ,  Alberta
  6. Eating a  bagel  in Montreal  and  seeing  how  different  it is  from a bagel  in New York  City
  7. Stanley  Park
  8. Attending  a  Toronto  Raptors  basketball  game
  9. Hoover  Dam
  10. Civil  Rights  Museum  in Birmingham ,  Alabama
  11. Newport ,  Rhode  Island   to see how  the  other  half  lived back in  the  day
  12. Beale  Street
  13. Museum  of  Human  Rights ,  Winnepeg, Canada
  14. Rock  N Roll Hall of  Fame
  15. Baseball  Hall of  Fame ,  Cooperstown ,  NY
  16. Vicksburg ,  Mississippi  to see the  Civil  War  monuments
  17. Pearl  Harbor
  18. Riding  on the  Montreal  subway
  19. Riding  all the  street  cars in New Orleans
  20. Portland ,  Oregon
  21. Attending  an Indianapolis Colts   football  game
  22. Attending  the  Kentucky  Derby and drinking  Mint Juleps and wearing  my  finest  hat.
  23. Mackinac  Island ,  Michigan .  No cars are allowed
  24. United  States  Naval  Academy ,  Annapolis ,  Maryland
  25. Calgary  Stampede
  26. Parliament  Hill ,  Ottawa
  27. Going  on  an Alaska  Cruise
  28. Getting  my cowgirl  on in Jackson  Hole, Wyoming
  29. Attending  a New England  Patriots  football  game
  30. Yellowstone  National  Park
  31. Trying  my luck and looking  elegant  at the  Casino  Du  Montreal
  32. Albuquerque ,  New Mexico
  33. Catalina  Island
  34. Alcatraz
  35. Santa  Barbara
  36. Visiting  Doctor  Martin  Luther  King’s  graveside  in Atlanta
  37. Riding  the  High Roller  in Las Vegas
  38. Washington  National  Zoo
  39. Seeing  where JFK was shot  in  Dallas
  40. Arlington  House at Arlington  National  Cemetery .  It was once the  home   of  Robert  E. Lee
  41. Senator John  Heinz History  Museum  in Pittsburgh
  42. Harper’s  Ferry ,  West  Virginia
  43. The  Alamo
  44. Attending  a  Montreal  Canadiens  hockey  game  at Le  Centre  Bell
  45. Seeing  as many  lighthouses  as I can in the  state  of  Maine
  46. Kennedy  Center
  47. Sundance  Film Festival
  48. Being  a snow bunny  in Aspen ,  Colorado
  49. Graceland
  50. Walking  down the Las Vegas  Strip in the winter time  when there aren’t  that  many  tourists
  51. Fort Sumpter
  52. Eating  barbecue  in Kansas  City ,  St. Louis ,  Memphis ,  and the Carolinas , and deciding  which  one  I  like  best .
  53. Country  Music  Hall of  Fame
  54. Eating  at Paula Deens Restaurant  in  Savannah, Georgia
  55. Attending  a  Arizona  Diamondbacks  game at Chase Field
  56. Soaking  up  French  Canadian  culture  in Quebec  City
  57. Visiting  Mother  Seton’s  home in Baltimore .  She was  the  first  American  saint .
  58. Visiting  the  Negro  Leagues    Baseball  Museum  in Kansas  City
  59. Tasting  Maple Syrup  in Vermont
  60. Gettysburg
  61. Going  to  an authentic  luau  in Hawaii
  62. Riding  the  Duquesne  and  Monongahela  inclines  in Pittsburgh
  63. Visiting  the  Oklahoma  City  Bombing  Memorial
  64. Riding  a  sightseeing  boat  down  the  Chicago  River
  65. Notre Dame  university
  66. Iditarod  Dog Sled race  in  Alaska
  67. Seeing  all the  neighborhoods  of  New Orleans ,  not  just  the  French  Quarter
  68. Buchard Gardens ,  Victoria ,  Canada
  69. Eating  a hot dog  at The Varsity  in Atlanta  and  a half  smoke  at Ben’  s Chilli  Bowl  in Washington  DC .   and comparing  the  two
  70. Philadelphia  Museum  of  Art, but  not  running  up the  stairs  like Rocky did .  That’s  NOT  an option .
  71. Little  Havana
  72. South  Beach
  73. Louisville ,  Kentucky
  74. Attending  a  Winnepeg  Jets  hockey  game
  75. Supreme  Court  Building
  76. Football  Hall of  Fame  in Canton    Ohio
  77. Attending  a July 4th  concert  in either  Washington  DC ,  Philadelphia ,  or Boston .
  78. Attending  a  Milwaukee  Brewers  baseball  game  at Miller  Park ,  especially  to see  ”  the  Sausage  Race” .
  79. Spending  most  of  the  day  in Las Vegas ,  walking  through  the  Caesar  ‘  s Palace  Hotel  and  Casino .  It’s  that big that you’ll  need  most  of  the  day.
  80. Attending  a US  Open Tennis  Match
  81. Richmond ,  Virginia
  82. Attending  a  Green  Bay  Packers  football  game  and  taking  a  tour  of  Lambeau  Field
  83. Riding  on the Atlanta  Eye
  84. United  States  Military  Academy  at West  Point
  85. Stone  Mountain ,  Georgia  and  seeing  the  Civil  War  monument
  86. Riding  “The  Maid of  The   Mist” and seeing  Niagara  Falls  up close  and  personal .
  87. Underground  Railroad  Museum  in Cincinnati
  88. The Trail  of  Tears
  89. Great  Blacks in Wax Museum  in Baltimore
  90. The Bean Sculpture  in Chicago
  91. Staring  at  “Sue” ,  the  T-Rex at Field   Museum  in Chicago
  92. Attending  the  Miss America  Pageant
  93. Space  Needle
  94. Mob Museum  in Las Vegas
  95. Attending  the  Indianapolis  500 Car Race
  96. Riverwalk  in San Antonio
  97. Molly  Brown’s  home in Denver .  She was  one  of  the  few  survivors  on the  Titanic
  98. Palm  Springs
  99. Eating  Tex-Mex  food  in San  Antonio
  100. Seeing  Wrigley  Field  close  up and going  to  a Chicago  Cubs  baseball  game
  101. Johnson  Space  Center  in Houston
  102. Charles  Wright  Museum  in  Detroit
  103. Pikes  Place  Market  Seattle  and  watching  the  fish “fly” .
  104. Fort Lauderdale
  105. University  of  Miami ,  aka ”  The  U”
  106. Attending  a  Seattle  Seahawks  football  game
  107. Williamsburg ,  Virginia
  108. Visiting  the  “Nationality Rooms” at University  of  Pittsburgh
  109. Going  on  a Hurricane  Katrina  sightseeing  tour of New    Orleans
  110. Visiting  The  Ohio  State  University
  111. Attending  a  game  at the  new Little  Caesars  Arena  in Downtown  Detroit
  112. Walking  down  Broadway  in Nashville
  113. Attending  an  Atlanta  Falcons  Football  game
  114. Going  on  a  carriage  ride  through  Old  Montreal
  115. Attending  a Vegas  Golden  Knights  hockey  game .  It’s  their  first  season  in the  league
  116. Walking  around  LODO, the Lower  Downtown  section  of  Denver
  117. Mount  Rushmore
  118. Crazy  Horse  Statue
  119. I want to  take a road  trip  through  the  entire  state  of  Montana  just  to  appreciate  the  beauty  of  this  state .
  120. Take  a  carriage  ride  through  the  streets  of  Charleston ,  South  Carolina
  121. Going  on  an  Amtrak  ride from  Northern  California  all the  the way  to  San Diego  in Southern  California .
  122. Myrtle  Beach
  123. Attending  an  Oklahoma  City  Thunder  basketball  game
  124. Hollywood  Walk of Fame
  125. Attending  the  Tournament  of Roses  Parade  on New Years  Day
  126.   George    W. Bush  Museum  and  Library  in Dallas
  127. Riding  the  trolley  from  San Diego  to Tijuana ,  Mexico
  128. Brooklyn  Bridge  Park
  129. Seeing  President  Andrew  Jackson’s  home, “The  Hermitage  ”  in Nashville
  130. Lombard  Street
  131. Eating  food  in New Orleans  that  I  wouldn’t  think  of  eating ,  and lots of  food  that  I  would  DEFINITELY  eat!
  132. Ben  and  Jerry’s  Ice Cream  plant in  Burlington ,  Vermont
  133. Walking  down  Park  Avenue  in New  York  City   like  I own  this  place!
  134. United  States  Air Force  Academy
  135. Taking  a  bus  ride  through  the  Detroit  –  Windsor  Tunnel
  136. Walking  along  the  Atlantic  City  Boardwalk  when  there’s  no tourists  around
  137. Walking  on one  or all of the  “Three  Sisters  Bridges  ”  in Pittsburgh . (Their  official  names  are ,  The  Roberto  Clemente ,  Andy Warhol  and  Rachel  Carson  )
  138. Seeing  as  many  plantations  down  South  as I  can .
  139. Seeing  the  “Pink  Ladies  “, those  colorful  houses  in San Francisco .
  140. Prince  Edward  Island
  141. West  Edmonton  Mall
  142. Mall of America
  143. Salem ,  Massachusetts
  144. Library  of  Congress
  145. Mount  Vernon  ,  George  Washington’s  home
  146. Monticello ,  Thomas  Jefferson ‘  s  home
  147. Attending  a  Columbus  Blue  Jackets  game, just to hear  that  humongous  canon  go off when  the  team  scores
  148. Attending  a   Cleveland Cavaliers   basketball  game
  149. Attending  an Ohio  State  –  University  of  Michigan  football  game .  Doesn’t  matter  if  it’s  at “The Horseshoe  ” in Ohio   or at ”  The  Big House  ” in Michigan
  150. Taking  a  tour  inside  the  United  States  Capital  Building.

That’s  my bucket  list ,  all 150 of them .

God  willing ,  I’d  like  to  see  and  do  some ,  if not  all  of  them .

What’s  on your bucket  list ?  Let  me  know .

Thanks  for  reading  this post and following  my blog .

HELLO CHARM CITY – BALTIMORE , MARYLAND – HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS – DOWNTOWN BALTIMORE

FB_IMG_1502721265895FB_IMG_1502721258067FB_IMG_1502721371156FB_IMG_1502721272176FB_IMG_1502721356176FB_IMG_1502721287858In an earlier  post ,  I  mentioned  the Hampton  Inn  Downtown  Convention  Center  as a hotel  option  if you’re  visiting  the  city  of  Baltimore .

(See sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com/2017/08-09-Hello-Charm-City-Baltimore-Hampton-Inn-Downtown-Convention-Center  )

There’s  another  hotel  that I  would  recommend  if you  happen  to  be  staying  in  town .

It’s  located  on North  Gay Street  and it’s  not really  that far from the  Hampton  Inn .

It’s  the  Holiday  Inn  Express  Downtown .

When  you  walk  into  the  lobby ,  you look  around  and  you  get  the  feeling  that  you’re  in your  local  bank.

You aren’t  that  far  from  the  truth .

This used to  be  the  Old Town  Bank of  Baltimore  and the  hotel  has  kept  many  of  the bank’s  features ,  like the interior .

As with  many  hotels ,  check in time  is 3pm and check out  time is Noon.

The hotel  isn’t  only  close  to  the  major  Baltimore  attractions  like  the  Inner  Harbor  and  the  Convention  Center ,  but it’s  also  close  to  one  of  the  major  hospitals  in  the  country ,  John Hopkins  Medical  Center .

You could  walk  to  the  Inner  Harbor  from  the  hotel ,  but they  make  it  so easy for  you  not to  do  that .

There’s  a  complimentary  hotel  shuttle  that  not only  brings you  to  the  Inner  Harbor ,  but John  Hopkins  as well  as  the  Convention  Center .

Are you  going  to  Orioles  Park  at  Camden  Yards  to  see a game?

(Of course  you are .  This  is  a  30 Plus  Teams  Tour, after all . )

They’ll drop you off  as close to  the  stadium  as possible  as well as  the  Baltimore  Basilica and the restaurants  in Little  Italy  as well .

The  shuttle  runs until  midnight .

They won’t  pick  you  up  at the  Baltimore  Thurgood  Marshall  Airport  or Greyhound  Terminal ,  but if you’re  coming on an Amtrak, the shuttle  will pick you up at Baltimore’s  Penn Station .

Just give them a call .

The  hotel  does offer  a breakfast  buffet  as well as  a  fitness  center .

Don’t  look for  a  pool  though .

There isn’t  one.

Like  the  Hampton  Inn ,  the rooms  are  spacious ,  with  a  microwave ,  refrigerator ,  coffee  makers ,  and big mirrors .

You don’t  have  any fantastic  views of the two  stadiums ,  but with the  shuttle ,  you’ll  be  watching  baseball  and football  in no time .

There aren’t  any  restaurants  next door or across  the  street  from  the  hotel ,  but there’s  a  24 hour 7-Eleven ,  which is okay in my book.

Perfect  for  those  late night  munchies .

The  hotel  isn’t  close to  public  transportation ,  but  the  shuttle is your best friend , just make sure to  check  the  times that  the shuttle  runs.

Holiday  Inn Express  Downtown  is another option for you if you happen  to  be  staying  in town .

 

Holiday  Inn Express

221 North Gay  Street

Baltimore ,  Maryland

410-400-8045